Pet bereavement services
We’re here to support you and your pet with our compassionate end-of-life care and pet bereavement service. Our vets, nurses, and reception staff have all completed specific training in pet bereavement, and being pet owners themselves, understand how strong the bond is between pets and their human companions.
End of Life Services at AllPets Vets
As a loving pet owner, it can be hard to know when is the right time to say goodbye. Our compassionate team can help you understand the disease and injury process and what your pet is experiencing. We can also help your pet by managing their symptoms through palliative care. Ultimately though, the decision is yours.
Many of our clients find it helpful to understand what will happen when a pet is ‘put to sleep’, or euthanised. Our team can also explain why choosing to end your pet’s suffering can be one of the bravest and kindest things you can do for them.
We can also talk you through the options available to you, such as pet cremation or home burial.
Should I be there?
This is a personal decision, but if you have family and friends, try to discuss this with them beforehand. Some people prefer to be with their pet, but others find it very difficult. If you are unable to attend, please be assured that your pet will be loved and comforted by the nurse and vet.
What will happen at the appointment?
We AllPets Vets treat end of life care with compassion and empathy.
When you arrive at the surgery, we will escort you through to a private room. It is a homely room that has a warmer feel than a standard consultation room and will give you a sense of calm and quiet.
Once you are settled in the room, the nurse and vet will come through to guide and support you through the process.
We will help you to complete a consent form. You may find it easier to complete this form and make a payment prior to the appointment, so when you are ready to say goodbye, you can immediately leave, rather than having to visit our receptionist desk.
The vet and nurse will shave a small area of fur from your pets’ front leg and may also administer a sedative through an intravenous catheter to enable your pet to relax. Shortly after, they will then be given a high dose of anaesthetic at which point their breathing and their heart will stop. Our vet will confirm when they have passed.
Your pets’ eyes will remain open, and they may have one or two involuntary gasps of breath. These are normal responses after death.
During and after the euthanasia you can stay for as long as you wish. If you have any questions before, during or after the appointment, please ask us. We are here for you and your pet.
We can offer a home visit to carry out your pets’ euthanasia, but due to current Covid restrictions this would have to take place in your garden or outside area. The euthanasia would be carried out with dignity.
Clients will often request this service if they have opted for a home burial, but we can arrange collection and aftercare.
We use a local trusted pet cremation service, with the choice of an individual or a communal pet cremation. They too will treat your pet with the utmost dignity and care.
If you have any concerns about your ageing companion or a sudden change in your pet’s health, call us for advice on 01745 853 366.
We are here to help you through this difficult time.